blues

Tune in at 11:00 pm sharp this Saturday night (Oct. 7) and catch blues tracks from Charlie Musselwhite, Benny Turner, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Albert Castiglia, and Jeff Fetterman. Immerse yourself in a full hour of blues by listening at 91.3fm or visit our website at www.whqr.org and click on the 'Listen Live' button. 

Have a comment or request? Email FSB host Lan Nichols at lnichols@whqr.org.

FSB host Lan Nichols will be spinning Floyd Dixon, Johnny Wright, The Kate Lush Band, Son Seals, Randy McQuay, James Cotton, Samantha Fish, Slam Allen, BlueHouse Project, Billy Flynn, and Lonnie Mack this Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 pm on WHQR 91.3fm in Wilmington NC. Tune in from anywhere in the world by listening online at www.whqr.org. Comments or requests to lnichols@whqr.org. Thank you!

Front Street Blues host Lan Nichols explores the newest release from one of North Carolina's most prolific blues artists of the new century, Randy McQuay. A three-time finalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, Randy brought the IBC solo championship trophy back to Wilmington in 2015, leaving no question about his hard work and love of the  blues.

Front Street Blues host & producer Lan Nichols will serve up some fine blues this Saturday night at 11:00 pm. Expect tasty cuts from Earl Hooker and Francine Reed. Plus, Phil Berkowitz & The Lucky Losers, Si Cranstoun, Elliott & The Untouchables, Jimmy Reed, Devon Allman, Jody Williams, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Buddy Black, and others. Always the finest in classic, contemporary, and traditional blues - never a dull moment. Tune in via your browser at http://whqr.org.

A steady influence on the soul of Chicago blues for decades, Jon McDonald has walked a path that few musicians could ever hope to tread. His 13-year tenure as band leader for Magic Slim & The Teardrops is, by itself, epic. He's worked alongside Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, and shared the stage with everyone from Taj Mahal and Paul Butterfield, to Rory Gallagher and Les Paul.

Tune in on Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 pm: The Healing Blues is a project out of Greensboro NC that documents the struggles of those who deal with homelessness everyday. The outcome "...serves as a reminder that good things can happen when there is true collaboration between members of an urban society." More information at www.thehealingblues.org. You'll also hear cuts from Memphis Slim, Ellis Hooks, and Guitar Shorty. Lan Nichols hosts. Listen live at www.whqr.org. Thanks!

WHQR's Front Street Blues has been a weekend FM mainstay for over a decade, and the Blues just keeps coming. It'll get even more interesting on Saturday, March 15 when host & producer Lan Nichols plays nothin' but the ladies of the Blues.

(Airing Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 at 9PM on WHQR 91.3fm)

He's cool, calm, and collected, a hardcore Bluesman, and a prolific performer who believes in his art. Lightnin' James brings his own music (and a couple of notable Blues standards) to life during WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in the MC Erny Gallery. James has performed throughout the Carolinas and competed at the 2012 Cape Fear Blues Challenge.

Check out this clip of James performing Divin' Duck Blues by Sleepy John Estes.  (Video: Lan Nichols)

Friday Feedback for July 6, 2012

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Nina Burrell wrote:

The thing I look forward to most about when I can retire is that I will be able to listen to more of [WHQR]. I am not a big fan of classical music but I appreciate that others are.

George Edwards of Wilmington wrote:

Good variety, considering the demands for balance. I would enjoy more evening jazz, .... I would also endorse these shows for consideration; Fiona Ritchie-Thistle & Shamrock (in addition to the new Celtic music show which is quite good), Mountain Stage, and Putumayo World Music.

The Blues.  Its origins are murky (okay, muddy), and it’s legacy is passed from generation to generation.  The people who play the Blues happily adopt the genre, give it a home, dress it up a little, and influence it in their own way.  While you’ve (likely) never heard of them, here are some ear-opening performers who have made the Blues their own…

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During the month of November, Front Street Blues will feature a strong roster of female voices.  Make no mistake - women have a firm hold on this genre, and they're not letting go.